Posts Tagged ‘change’

Made by Hand

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Through a friend I have discovered a website called This is Made by Hand where they have produced movies about people who create products by hand. There is a movie about Joel Bukiewicz who owns a knife business in Brooklyn called Cut. He was once a writer and now spends his days making hand made knives in his studio. This movie touches many nerves for me as I often wonder if writing is really where I want to be and this past year has been a big experiment for me to see what else tickles my fancy. I still haven’t found it yet but Joel’s story makes me smile.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

The Oddity of Time

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I have fond memories of pointless, rambling, never-ending conversations in my university cultural studies classes where we would discuss a topic of grandiose proportions, ducking and diving between ideas, concepts and beliefs. I used to love these discussions because they would take up the entire two hour class and we wouldn’t really have to do anything. The topics would range from the meaning of life; the impact of gender; religion; whether or not nudity was bad… Strange things, really. One topic of discussion that was quite frequently raised was the concept of time and space, and over the last two days I have had moments of “Time is a weird thing.” Let’s discuss.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, France changed back into winter time. Before I went to sleep on Saturday night, I turned my clock back and instantly gained an hour! What surprised me was before I went to bed, I googled to see what time the the big all-knowing, official clock would actually change, and discovered that it depended entirely on what country I was in. There wasn’t a single hour where all clocks across Europe and America would shift. It was 3am for France and Germany but 1am for Greenland and some of Portugal. The rest of Portugal changed at 2am. Jordan changed their clocks last Friday. I then read a news article stating that Mr Cameron is contemplating setting Britain’s time to be the same as Central Europe. But England has Greenwich mean time! They can’t change! That would be weird because would Portugal and Spain change as well? How can humans fiddle with time so easily? I guess we invented the idea, so we can decide how it works.

We spent Sunday in a state similar to jet-lag. Now the sun is up at 7am (I could see where I was going this morning on my run) and it sets by 5.30pm. I wanted to eat dinner so much earlier than usual and I had to sit around and wait until it was an appropriate hour. By 4pm, it had started to get dark and I felt the urge to return home. Considering only a few weeks ago, we could sit outside in the sunshine until at least 8pm, this change is quite dramatic. My entire system is confused and I know it will take a few days to get back into a rhythm.

To push things even further, this time fluctuation has clearly played with my mind so much that not only did I gain an hour yesterday, but I appear to have gained a day today. I spent all of yesterday CERTAIN that it was the last day in October and that (Monday) would be the first day of November and I would therefore have to start writing my 50,000 words for Novel Writing Month. Not the case! The old 31st October has crept up on me and surprised me with ghouls and ghosts and pumpkins. Not that I mind. Any extra time is always welcome when long plane flights back to Perth are looming in the distance.

France is Moving Forward

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In approximately two and a half hours, France will have changed. It will have grown. It will be something completely new and different. It will have a new level of digital television – TNT (Télévision Numérique Terrestre). That’s right – great things are upon us. And all of France is talking about it. Stay tuned, kids. Who knows what new channels this revolution in television will bring.

Bear Grylls

I hope Bear stays on the screen, although he sounds a lot less convincing in French